I have five children. The second are twins.I have four girls and the youngest is my only son. My husband was working abroad when they were babies.He stays two months with us but two years abroad.
When my oldest daughter was born, I decided to quit my job and became a full time mother and wife. She was only 5 months old when I got pregnant again to our second baby who happened to be twins. So when she was 7 months old,and my husband left again for work abroad, I decided to go to our hometown and lived with my parents.
Rearing children is not a joke. For me, it is the hardest job that a woman could have.I have many experiences in rearing them and there are some which I really cannot forget.
1. I prepare the twin’s milk while cuddling them in my both arms. I am right handed but I learned to cuddle a baby in my left arm when I had the twins.The nanny that I got stays during daytime, go home at five and is for the eldest only. So I was the one taking care of the twins. My parents were always out. They said they do not want to stay at home hearing the babies cry almost at the same time.
2. I sleep many nights while sitting or slumping on the floor with one of the twins sleeping on my lap. The twins always had high fever when they were babies. They became sickly when they were 2 months old until they reached the age of one year and two months.In times that they were sick, I can’t put them to bed because they will surely be awakened.My mother takes care of the other twins at night.
3. During times of brownouts or no electricity especially at night, I don’t sleep. I just sit on bed with my back leaning on the wall and endlessly fanning my children. They cannot sleep without the electric fan on.I cannot open the windows because it is dark outside and all you can see are trees around.
4.If they are awakened in wee hours, I have to cuddle them, dance them to sleep while my eyes close. I am too sleepy as well.I don’t want them to cry at night. I am afraid that bad spirits might hear them.
5. I cook and clean the house with the baby on my chest. Sometimes I use one hand in doing things. sometimes I use a baby carrier.
Now that they are grown – ups, I cannot imagine how I did those things.
I think I have sacrificed a lot to make them grow.
But now, I am happy seeing them as professionals and earning something for their future.